Data released on May 20, 2014
The Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber (Linnaeus, 1758)) is a sub-species of, and commonly referred to as the American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber). The Caribbean Flamingo is found generally throughout the Caribbean and is a non-migratory bird (those that do migrate only move between summer and winter breeding grounds). It is a largely social bird that breeds in huge colonies, and is a homeothermic endotherm - an animal that keeps a consistent temperature that is regulated within its body.
These data have been produced as part of the Avian Phylogenomics Project. DNA was collected from a male (leg band GWX) who had lived at the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark, and was tended to by Mads Bertelsen. We sequenced the 1.24Gb genome to a depth of approximately 33X.
The assembled scaffolds of high quality sequences total 1.14Gb, with the contig and scaffold N50 values of 16kb and 37kb respectively. We identified 14,024 protein-coding genes with a mean length of 11.7kb.